Dr. David Henderson
November 17, 2009
David Henderson
Inukshuk Stone

I love gifts that have a story behind them and I found one that was perfect for our family this past year. An Inukshuk is a monument made of unworked stones that is used by the Inuit people of North America for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the word inukshuk is “Someone was here” or “You are on the right path.”

Imagine traveling in the barren expanses of the Northern Hemisphere. For days, one can go without seeing a single human being. During those times, seeing an Inukshuk in the distance can quickly dispell the loneliness and isolation of a weary traveler. It is a beacon, a guidepost, a reminder that someone has traveled this path before you and survived. So will you! 

When we are in the midst of pain, we need Inukshuks on the horizon. They are people we know who have “been there, done that” and can assure us that everything will work together for our ultimate good. They are also those circumstances from our past that we can look back on, reminding us of how far we have come.

Monuments are an important part of our survival as humans. We need visible reminders to compensate for our blinding forgetfulness. In painful circumstances, they are our lifeline, the light on the horizon that keeps us moving toward that place where we can rest once more!

Who or what have been your Inukshuks in life? Have you had the opportunity to be an Inukshuk for someone else?

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